Managing Severe Depression

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

Managing Severe Depression

Watching this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show reminded me how debilitating Major Depression alone, or as part of Bipolar Disorder, can be. Many days, our guest, Julie Fast, wakes up crying and sometimes can't seem to get out of bed.

She's extremely educated on the subjects of depression and bipolar disorder, so you would think she has an edge on most people living with depression and maybe it would be easier for her to cope. But that's not the case, she says. Most every day, Julie has to use strategies she developed so she can get things done.

One key point that really stood out - when asked about whether it was a matter of "accepting that you have depression," Julie said it has little to do with acceptance. Instead, she stated that people with chronic depression have to force themselves to do things. It's not about saying "I have to think positive things," you have to just do things. And Julie says "it's an all-day thing, but we work all day on our depression just to get to the days where we don't have to."

Whether you are living with depression or bipolar disorder, or are a loved one of someone who is, watch this interview for some really helpful suggestions and insights. Julie has real clarity around the illnesses of depression and bipolar disorder.

Read Julie Fast's HealthyPlace Articles

Join Our New Mental Health Forums and Chat

Good things are happening in our new mental health forums and chat support area. People are coming throughout the day and night posting and chatting; getting and giving support.

When we opened the new boards and chat earlier this month, we had a few technical glitches (which have  been fixed) and so the contest we planned didn't come off. But we're going to fix that today.

For the first 10 people who post on the boards, we will reward you with a $10 iTunes or Amazon gift certificate. And we have the same reward for the first 10 people who respond to them. After you post, just drop us an email to info AT and let us know if you want an iTunes or Amazon gift certificate. And please include your HealthyPlace username in the email.

You must be a registered HealthyPlace member. If you aren't already, it's free and takes less than 30 seconds. Just click the "register button" at the top of the page.

At the bottom of the forums page, you'll notice a chat bar (similar to facebook). You can chat with any registered member on the forums site.

We hope you'll be a frequent participant and share our support link with others who may benefit.
HealthyPlace Mental Health Forums and Chat


Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts/experiences on "your hopes for the new year" or any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

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You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT


"How to Get Things Done Despite Depression" on HealthyPlace TV

Many days of every week, Julie Fast, is severely depressed but still manages to get things done. The author of several bipolar, depression books and articles shares her depression coping strategies on this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show. (TV Show blog)

Coming Soon on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show

  • The High Price Some Pay For Having a Mental Illness
  • Difficult Issues Facing Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
  • Exercise Addiction

If you would like to be a guest on the show or share your personal story in writing or via video, please write us at: producer AT

For all previous HealthyPlace Mental Health TV archived shows.

"My Verbally Abusive Marriage" on HealthyPlace Radio

Almost 40, Kellie, is raising two teenage boys and is still married to her verbally abusive husband of 17 years. They separated in January 2010 after "he put his hands on me again." But Kellie says, at times, she is miserable being separated, even though her husband continues to dish out the verbal abuse. We talked with Kellie about what it's like being a victim of verbal abuse, how that's impacted her and her children, and why she stayed around so long. That's on this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show.

From HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

Your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.

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APA Reference
(2011, January 20). Managing Severe Depression, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 13 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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